Why I’m Not Voting Green in New Jersey

New Politics: October 29, 2018

Znet: November 6, 2018

The case for voting for Green candidate Howie Hawkins for governor of New York is a strong one and were I a New Yorker (I live in New Jersey), I would do so. True, he made a serious error in sharing a platform with Assadist, Islamophobic, and conspiracist Jimmy Dore,1 but there’s no doubt that on a whole host of issues Hawkins’ position is an admirable left position, far closer to my views than are those of the awful Democrat, Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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New York: Five-way Gov. race -- Third parties push change

Morning Times (Twin Tiers, NY/PA): October 29, 2018

"We will never reverse pending planetary environmental collapse as long as we have a capitalist economy where competition for profits drives the blind, relentless growth that is consuming our environment," Hawkins said on his website. "We will never reverse extreme and growing economic inequality as long as workers get a fixed wage and capitalists take the rest of the value that labor creates as profit."

Citing the necessity for systemic change "toward an ecological democratic socialism," Hawkins looks to redistribute wealth "equitably" through the use of a "state-owned Social Wealth Fund" to use tax funds "to buy a portfolio of stocks, bonds and real estate ... and share the returns across the population."

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Hawkins and Sussman to Outline Campaign Agendas on Segregation and Former Offenders

For immediate release: October 29, 2018

Notice of Press Conference

Date: Monday, October 29
Time: 12:30 PM
Location: Front of White Plains City Hall, 255 Main St.
Who: Howie Hawkins, Green for Governor; Michael Sussman, Green for Attorney General
What: Discussion of campaigns; housing, education and segregation; jobs and support for former prisoners

Hawkins and Sussman to Outline Campaign Agendas on Segregation and Former Offenders

The Green Party candidates for Governor and Attorney General will hold a news conference on Monday October 29 in White Plains to discuss their campaigns. The event will be at 12:30 PM in front of the White Plains city Hill at 255 Main St.

In addition to this week’s Gubernatorial debate sponsored by the League of Women Voters, Hawkins, a retired Teamster from Syracuse, will outline his positions on housing, education and segregation. Hawkins, who finished 3rd with 5% of the vote in the 2014 Gubernatorial race, is the only progressive on the ballot for Governor on November 6.

Sussman, the veteran civil rights and constitutional attorney from Orange County, will outline his platform, including the need to provide additional support to former offenders returning to the community.

Sussman will outline how the current operation of the Attorney General’s office protects corruption, and undermines the fair application of justice. His plans will end those practices.

We’ve Got Issues: Transit and New York’s Race for Governor

City Limits: October 29, 2018

Howie Hawkins (Green Party)

Hawkins, a longtime activist, unveiled his transit platform last week. In it, he pledges to take a multi-pronged approach to funding the MTA’s needed upgrades. If elected, he says he would launch a $100 billion capital plan to improve commuter rail lines and fix the subway system, which he also wants to expand into neighborhoods that are currently underserved by transit. He would pay for plan through a number of revenue initiatives, including congestion pricing, a “carbon tax” on corporate polluters and additional taxes on the wealthy, according to his platform.

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Howie Hawkins in Jamestown Gazette

Jamestown Gazette: October 29, 2018

Article Contributed by
Hawkins for Governor

I’m a retired Teamster from Syracuse and an organizer in movements for peace, justice, labor, and the environment since the 1960s. I’m the only progressive candidate for governor left on the ballot, the only candidate who will sign the NY Health Act for universal single-payer health care, the only candidate who will sign the NY Off Fossil Fuels Act for 100% clean energy by 2030, the only candidate who will fully fund Foundation Aid for public schools, and the only candidate who will tax the richest 1% – who receive 31% of all income in the state – in order to pay for infrastructure improvements, from 1,837 structurally-deficient bridges to building out a 100% clean energy system.

Our cities and towns cannot provide proper services because unfunded mandates and cuts to revenue sharing force local property taxpayers to balance the state budget on their backs. We need an alternative to Cuomo’s trickle-down tax breaks, subsidies, contracts, and regulatory favors to wealthy pay-to-play campaign donors. I propose a Green New Deal for New York to revitalize public services and infrastructure. That will create 100,000s of good jobs, purchasing power will rise, and private businesses will expand and hire to meet the increased demand.

What You Should Know About Statewide Candidates

Jamestown Post-Journal: October 29, 2018

Ticket: Howie Hawkins/Jia Lee (Green Party)

What To Know: Hawkins proposes to have 100 percent clean energy by 2030 instead of 2050, a single-payer health care system, indexing a $20 minimum wage to inflation and productivity, a full opt-out from high-stakes school testing, full funding for all public schools and tuition-free public colleges.

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Syracuse Candidates Make Bids for NYS Governor

Spectrum News: October 28, 2018


"Not being in the debate, not really being able to get the word out is really a disservice to the voters of this state," said Howie Hawkins, (G) gubernatorial candidate....

"What keeps me going despite the odds is that I've been involved in movements for peace, justice, labor, environment since the 1960s and we always started out as a small minority...You look at history and you can make change," he said.

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Green Party Attorney General Candidate Joins Hawkins and Cetera in Syracuse on Saturday October 27

For immediate release: October 28, 2018

Michael Sussman Joins Green Party Gubernatorial candidate Howie Hawkins and Syracuse Common Council Candidate Frank Cetera at the CNY Regional Market.  2100 Park Street

Campaigning in and around Carrier Dome and University Neighborhood as people gather for Syracuse v NC State Football Game

Reception, meet and Greet Green Party Event. Sugar Magnolia Bistro, 316 South Clinton.

Hawkins Supports Universal Coverage with Single-Payer New York Health Act

Urban CNY: October 26, 2018

Only Candidate for Governor Committed to Signing NY Health Act

Slams Insurance Industry and Business Council for Spreading Misinformation

Syracuse NY – Green Party candidate for Governor Howie Hawkins, standing outside of health insurance giant Blue Cross Blue Shield, announced that when elected Governor, he will sign into law the New York Health Act, making New York the first state in the nation to implement universal single payer healthcare.

“There’s only one way to cover everyone and save money, and that’s with the New York Health Act and Medicare for All. I am the only candidate running for governor who is committed signing the bill,” said Hawkins, a long time advocate for universal single-payer healthcare.

Hawkins slammed the Business Council, Blue Cross, and the health insurance industry for spreading misinformation about the New York Health Act: “They are scaring people with lies, on the radio and in mailers attacking candidates, claiming single payer healthcare and Medicare for all will end Medicare. In fact, NY Health Act will expand benefits to Medicare beneficiaries like myself because it will cover our vision, dental, hearing, and long-term care.”

“In addition, the NY Health Act will lower costs for Medicare beneficiaries by eliminating copays, deductibles, cost-sharing, and out-of-pocket fees for uncovered services. Those of us on Medicare will have better benefits at less cost to and still be able to have our choice of doctor and hospital. The New York Health Act will actually strengthen the Medicare program, and guarantee healthcare for everyone in our communities,” Hawkins said.

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Gubernatorial debate should have included minor-party candidates

Syracuse Post-Standard: October 25, 2018

Candidates for New York governor Stephanie Miner, Larry Sharpe and Howie Hawkins speak during the 2018 Global Citizen Festival on Saturday in New York City.    Theo Wargo
Candidates for New York governor Stephanie Miner, Larry Sharpe and Howie Hawkins speak during the 2018 Global Citizen Festival on Saturday in New York City. Theo Wargo (Theo Wargo)

To the Editor:

Among other things, Tuesday night's gubernatorial debate displayed one of the various limitations imposed on our democracy. CBS, the host of the debate - and frequent contributor to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's campaign -- arbitrarily excluded Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins, Libertarian Larry Sharpe and independent Stephanie Miner from participating in the event. Now, one might argue that these candidates don't have a shot at winning, so what does it matter that they were excluded? Well, for one thing, despite polling higher than the other candidates, due largely to simply being a major party candidate, Republican Marc Molinaro's chances of winning are almost as slim as those of the other candidates. (The website's best projection for him is a 0.4 percent chance.) If he's going to be allowed to debate, why not the other three? 

More to the point, an open debate would have been helpful in both reflecting and shaping public opinion going forward. Had Hawkins been on the stage, for instance, the debate about which of the two candidates was the bigger supporter of charter schools could have been supplemented with a viewpoint that rejects the privatization agenda; Molinaro's mischaracterizations of the New York Health Act proposal would not have gone unchallenged; and a more productive conversation about ending the failed war on drugs could have happened.

Additionally, when we hear as much as we do about the role a strong military plays in protecting democracy, it doesn't look very good when two former Marines (Sharpe and Hawkins) aren't allowed to debate. New Yorkers deserved better.

Eric Graf


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